Lightning not in a bottle but heard by a chip

Tom Azlin N4ZPT tom at
Fri May 4 10:13:14 CDT 2012

I am running a Boltek lightning detector hooked up to send strike info 
to the Weatherunderground network.

the sensor is a small multiloop antenna with a pci card receiver. 
Apparently they read the spectrum of the lightning strikes at multiple 
points over frequency to estimate range then use the multiloop antenna 
go get bearing. This is then time tagged with a local GPS and sent off 
to the StrikeStar network for triangulation.

I use the Astrogenic software

and connect to the StrikeStar network ( down the page to 
"VA-Vienna" where I am station "VIN"

Been running it for a long time now.

73, tom n4zpt

On 5/4/2012 10:33 AM, Mike O'Dell wrote:
> hearing discharges on AM or LW is not hard.
> distinguishing between different types of discharges,
> the approximate energy, and direction, that *is* hard.
> -mo
> On 5/3/12 8:26 PM, Joseph Bento wrote:
>> On 5/3/2012 12:33 PM, Mike O'Dell wrote:
>>> Take this:
>>> swizzle in a bit of APRS
>>> and presto! distributed lightning detector network!
>> An AM radio is so much easier, and everyone has one. Not networked,
>> mind you. Just tune as low as it can go - usually about 530KHz.
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